Holly Richardson is a wife, mother, small business owner and member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Known affectionately as “Holly on the Hill,” she writes an award-winning blog by the same name. She is a common-sense conservative who has been active in Utah politics for 13 years. Holly is a popular speaker and she is well-respected as an effective leader and strong advocate both on and off Utah’s Capitol Hill.
Holly understands the high value of a quality education. She graduated as a Registered Nurse (RN) from Brigham Young University and subsequently obtained a degree in Midwifery. Now mostly retired, she was one of Utah’s first Licensed Direct-Entry Midwives. She has been an adjunct professor in BYU’s College of Nursing and for 2 years was the president of the Midwives’ College of Utah. She currently sits on the boards of two charter schools and volunteers regularly at her children’s schools.
Holly is active in the Republican party and has served in many capacities, including: precinct vice-chair, precinct chair, legislative district chair, county and state delegate, State Central Committee member, campaign volunteer, campaign communications director, campaign manager and as a member of the Utah House of Representatives. In May 2013, GOP state party chairman Thomas Wright recognized her dedication with the “Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Service.”
Holly has called Utah County “home” for over 30 years, the last ten of which have been in Pleasant Grove. She loves the area and has chosen to raise her large, diverse family here because of shared community values and the multiple opportunities afforded for education, recreation and employment.
Holly firmly believes that service improves lives and has been an active volunteer in her community and her church for many years. She signed up as a room mom multiple times, served on the Pleasant Grove Beautification Commission, volunteered with the county as a Master Gardener and Master Food Preserver, served on the Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities, presided as chair of a professional licensing board and traveled to Africa multiple times on humanitarian trips. Governor Gary Herbert nominated and the Utah Senate confirmed Holly for her current appointment on the State Records Committee and recently, Holly was awarded the prestigious Silver Beaver Award by the Boy Scouts of America.
Holly is a strong advocate of traditional family values. She has a soft spot for children and is an unparalleled advocate for families. She, and her husband Greg, are the proud parents of 24 children, ages 11 to 28. Twenty of their children were adopted from eight different countries. All but one of their children is in their teens or twenties. Holly is also delighted to be a grandma to five adorable grandkids.